Melanoma is the deadly kind of skin cancer – the kind that can metastasize (migrate through the body). Not too long ago, melanoma was uncommon. In 1930, only one in 1500 individuals would get melanoma. By 1980, this number had increased to 1 in 250. Today, we note with great concern that this number has risen to 1 in 60.
The culprit isn’t difficult to find. The group most likely to get melanoma is young women who get exposed to the intense ultraviolet rays of artificial tanning beds. This is completely preventable.
Besides contributing to skin cancer, ultraviolet radiation, whether from tanning beds or sunlight, causes most of the aging of our skin. Up to 80%, in fact.
So, you should use a good paraben-free broad spectrum sunscreen every day – even if you’re not tanning at the beach, and even on cloudy days. This is because the effects of sunlight are cumulative over your entire lifetime. UV rays are also invisible, so on an overcast day, just because it’s not as bright, there are still a lot of UV rays penetrating your skin.
But you don’t have to be pale, either. There are some excellent, non-toxic sunless tanning lotions on the market to give you that golden skin glow – safely.